Sportsworld’s Lee James is joined by a team of experts looking ahead to a huge year of global sporting events in 2022.
We hear from the BBC’s Katie Smith and John Bennett, current Everton and England midfielder Izzy Christiansen, New Zealand journalist Rikki Swannell and assistant group head of sports at RJRGleaner Communications Group in Jamaica, Kayon Raynor.
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Would biennial World Cups benefit football?
With the news that FIFA are staging a global summit on 20th December when plans for reform of the football calendar are to be discussed along with the staging of a biennial World Cup, Sportsworld considers the pros, and cons of holding FIFA’s flagship tournament every two years.
The proposals have been developed by a technical advisory group, led by the former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who is now the chief of global football development at FIFA.
Joining Sportsworld’s Lee James are former Nigeria captain and manager Sunday Oliseh, Africa football expert Mark Gleeson and former New Zealand international turned FIFA Women's World Cup manager, Bex Smith.
Photo: The FIFA World Cup Trophy at the official award ceremony after the final match between France and Croatia at FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 (Credit: TASS via Getty Images)
Sport on the frontline in the battle against climate change
We saw leaders from around the world meet at the Cop 26 summit in Glasgow, as urgent collective action is needed to bring climate change under control.
The world is warming because of emissions from fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas. We are experiencing extreme weather events linked to climate change - including heatwaves, floods and forest fires - which are intensifying. The past decade was the warmest on record.
It's becoming increasingly apparent that the climate crisis touches everything including sport and that time is running out.
We hear from the US Nordic skier Annika Landis, New Zealand international footballer Katie Rood and the former France Rugby international Julien Pierre.
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30 years of the Women's World Cup
30 years ago on November 16th 1991, the inaugural Women’s World Cup was staged in China. At the time, it was called the The Fifa Women’s World Championship For The M&Ms Cup. The tournament was contested by 12 teams who played 80 minute matches, and was won by the USA, who beat Norway at Guangzhou’s Tianhe Stadium in front of 65,000 people.
We take you back to reflect on the impact the tournament had on women's football around the world with the Golden Ball winner Carin Jennings (now Carin Gabarra,) as we find out what it took for the USA team to lift the trophy- from gruelling flights, a punishing playing schedule to a thanksgiving meal with Pele.
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From Segregation to Integration
On November 10th, 1991, South Africa were welcomed back into international cricket after a twenty-one year apartheid boycott.
The one-day international series against India came four months after readmittance to the world game, and just five since the formation of the United Cricket Board of South Africa, which bought rival white and black cricket authorities together.
Many believed the 1992 World Cup would be too soon for South Africa's return, but when Pakistan pulled out of a visit to India, that the door opened for South Africa to step in, and they were given just a week to get there.
The side were given a hero's welcome on arrival in Calcutta and 100,000 supporters turned up for the opening match at Eden Gardens. An emotional South African captain Clive Rice said, "I know how Neil Armstrong felt when he stood on the moon”. It was that kind of day. It was that kind of tour, relieved here by the BBC's Mo Allie and those involved.
Photo: South African captain Clive Rice shakes hands with India captain Mohammad Azharuddin at the coin toss before the 1st ODI between India and South Africa at Eden Gardens. (Credit: Allsport/Getty Images)